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Mentoring In Real Life

By Rayna Aylward and Derek Shields  |  January 21, 2016

The start of the New Year marks the beginning of a month-long salute to mentoring, led by a Presidential Proclamation for National Mentoring Month and a variety of activities coordinated by MENTOR: The National Partnership, including an opportunity on Thank Your Mentor Day to show gratitude to mentors. It is also a great time to examine this critical but sometimes overlooked resource that can serve as a key bridge to meaningful careers, community inclusion and self-sufficiency. Learn More »

Disability Law Center Investigation Report: Peck School, Holyoke, Massachusetts Finds Abuse and Neglect in Therapeutic Intervention Program for Students with Disabilities

By Samantha Dannick  |  December 17, 2015

The Disability Law Center (DLC) recently released its investigation report on the treatment of children in the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) at the Peck School in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The report shows disturbing findings of “abuse and neglect, improper practices, and unsafe conditions” and that “[t]he District must take immediate corrective measures to prevent further harm to these children.” Learn More »

In Memorial: Tony Young

By AAPD  |  December 9, 2015

AAPD joins the disability rights community in celebrating the life of Tony Young, a dedicated advocate and former AAPD Board Member. Most recently, Tony served as the Senior Public Policy Strategist for SourceAmerica. Learn More »

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

By Samantha Dannick  |  November 30, 2015

Not to be an alarmist, but everyone should give some thought to what they will do in an emergency situation. This is especially true of people with disabilities, who may need to take additional supplies, procedures, and resources into account. Every person’s situation is different, so take the time to consider yours and plan accordingly. Learn More »

Important information for TTY users

By Lisa Ekman  |  November 18, 2015

As you may recall from my September 1 blog, AAPD submitted comments to support a waiver request submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by AT&T. The waiver, which was granted by the FCC on October 6, provides a temporary waiver through December 31, 2017 (or until new accessibility rules are promulgated, whichever comes first) of FCC rules requiring support for “text telephony (TTY) technology” in cases where AT&T’s services are offered over a wireless Internet Protocol (IP) network. Learn More »

Celebrating the Life of Amber Buckley-Shaklee

By AAPD  |  November 9, 2015

AAPD joins the disability rights community in celebrating the life of Amber Buckley-Shaklee, a dedicated advocate and former AAPD Summer Intern. Amber was a part of the AAPD Washington, DC Summer Internship Program in 2011. Learn More »

Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Deal Staving Off Cuts to People with Disabilities

By Lisa Ekman  |  October 31, 2015

The Senate voted 64-35 to pass a two year budget deal, called the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, in the wee hours of Friday morning to send the deal to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The House passed the bill earlier this week. The deal included a number of provisions that are good for the country and for people with disabilities. Learn More »

The Arc Wants to Hear about Your Experience Applying for Jobs Online

By The Arc  |  October 22, 2015

Over 85% of individuals with I/DD are unemployed and rely solely on family and/or government supports to get by. The lack of employment options for people with I/DD reduces opportunities for them to interact with their peers in an integrated setting and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with I/DD are not productive members of their communities. The Arc works in a myriad of ways to improve the employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD to ensure they are able to lead independent, meaningful lives in the community in competitively paid jobs. Learn More »

DOL Home Care Rule

By Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law  |  October 1, 2015

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld last month a Department of Labor DOL regulation governing home care services for people with disabilities and seniors. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes action, which legal scholars believe is unlikely, the home care rule will become effective in mid-October. Learn More »

Don't Mourn...Organize, Register and Vote!

By AAPD Press Team  |  September 23, 2015

Onward to November 8, 2016 Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count! Learn More »

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